Date: 18th June 2019 at 7:01am
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Everton’s Director of Football Marcel Brands and manager Marco Silva appear to be smitten with the idea of signing Juventus’ sensational striker Moise Kean this summer, as CalcioMercato understand we are set to launch a bid for the Italian.

News of our interest in the 3-cap star emerged just last week with Gianluca di Marzio suggesting we had made contact with the Turin outfit, although it was not claimed at the time that an offer was in the making.

Now, however, our interest in the 19-year-old appears to have rapidly developed as CalcioMercato believe a €30million (£26.7m) approach is in the offing, with the Vercelli-born attacker earning our interest after striking seven goals in 661 minutes of action for the Old Lady, who he also returned one assist for.

No matter the strength of our approach, or Kean entering the final year of his contract at the Allianz Stadium on July 1, it is not thought to be enough to temp Juve into selling their academy product, at least for now.

CalcioMercato note that Juventus will look to secure the £36million-rated ace’s services for at least the next five years with a new contract, said to be worth €2million-a-season (£1.7m-a/s or £34.3k-a-week), and claim it is only a matter of time before he signs on the dotted line.

But while that may be what the Italian football news site are reporting, an alleged €2m-a/s contract was thought to have been placed on the table as early as April, after Kean rejected their initial offer in December.

What has caused the former Torino youth star to hold out on signing a prolonged deal with the Azzurri is that he is still yet to be offered guarantees as to what his role in Turin would be next season. His agent, Mino Raiola, is pushing for greater assurances that it will be with the first-team, and will likely get his way with Juve prepared to bet on his super 17 game season resulting in goals next term.

If that is the case, then Brands and Silva will have to look elsewhere for our new striker. But it is not like we have not been linked with a plethora of attackers in Che Adams, Callum Wilson, Danny Welbeck, Jean Kevin-Augustin and Memphis Depay in the past month alone.